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Top 3 Myths About Employee Assistance Programs

    Top 3 Myths About Employee Assistance Programs Tragic events can happen to anybody; to ourselves, our friends, our family, our children or our colleagues. It is reassuring to know that there is a system in place to help and overcome those difficult times [1]. Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides a confidential and voluntary consultation support to employees and their families. It is completely confidential within the limits of the law [2]*. The program can be initiated over the phone, by personal appointment or online and self-guided resources. Today the services are very comprehensive and extended to: • Alcohol & Substance Abuse, • Residential School and Historical Trauma • Depression • Relationship Issues • Stress and Managing Anger • Financial and Legal Issues • Domestic Violence • Retirement Concerns and Planning • Mental Health Issues • Workplace Conflict and many more… The main goal for the program is not to punish employees but rather to: • Encourage them to receive services needed to deal with personal issues • Provide advice and consultation to managers and supervisors • Promote healthy work-personal life balance • Maintain and promote a positive work environment • Increase employee engagement. Today, employers explain EAP is a proactive, preventive effort to help employees identify and resolve personal issues before they have serious medical, family, and/or workplace consequences. The program also provides advice and consultation to managers, supervisors, and plan administrators to spot performance and morale issues when they occur, so the company can address the situation appropriately. Here are some of the most common questions asked by Human Resources and Finance Managers, and business owners...